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Volunteers sought to raise oysters for restoration work

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is seeking people to raise oysters in Virginia’s tidal waters this summer to help support oyster restoration in the bay. Those interested in helping can attend an oyster gardening workshop in Tappahannock or Gloucester Point this month.

The Gloucester Point workshop will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the Tappahannock workshop will be next Thursday, July 21, also at 6 at June Parker Marina.

Registration is required, and a $25 fee helps offset the cost of the program. Participants can register online at call 757-644-4125 or e-mail These workshops provide everything necessary to grow oysters off a dock for eventual planting on sanctuary oyster reefs.

“There’s nothing more fun and rewarding than raising your own baby oysters to help restore the bay’s oyster population,” said CBF Virginia Oyster Restoration Manager Jackie Shannon. “Being an oyster gardene...

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